Diabetics celebrate Christmas, too. But during this season of sweets and over-eating, their thoughts are often on their diets instead of on parties and gift-giving. Rightfully so. Nobody wants to get sick on the holidays, and diabetics need to take special care to prevent problems associated with their special needs.

Part of living and celebrating successfully as a diabetic is simply looking at things differently. Instead of displaying dishes of candy on every flat surface in your home, consider changing the offerings. A dish of dried cranberries and pecans is just as festive as a bowl of chocolates, but easier on the body. By using a diabetic Christmas recipe here and there, you can improve life for not only the diabetic in your life, but for the entire family.

There are dozens of sites on the web offering diabetic Christmas recipes and tips. Here are just a few to get you started. Put together a meal plan from one of these websites, or mix-and-match to your heart’s content.

Diabetic Gourmet
Southern roast turkey with Bourban peach glaze, fresh cranberry and wild rice, and chocolate cheesecake are just a few of the diabetic-friendly recipes listed on the site’s Christmas Dinner page. Diabetic Gourmet also has a page of ideas and recipes for quick & easy dinner during the rushed pre-Christmas season.

Check out the holidays category for a nice selection of appetizers, salads, main courses, vegetables, and desserts suitable for holiday festivities. You’ll find recipes for things such as low-sugar cranberry-apple relish, Christmas fruit squares and many other goodies.

Diabetic Living
Diabetic Living’s recipes can help you prepare for Christmas or Thanksgiving with a great selection of main courses, appetizers, cookies and more. They make it easy to find what you want with special sections for categories such as cookies or recipes with 15 grams of carbs or less.

Kraft Food
You’ll find a selection of diabetic recipes here, including rosemary-dijon pork chops, apple-spinach salad, chocolate-berry dessert and more.

Search on this site for “Christmas” and you’ll find an assortment of great diabetic Christmas recipes, including Grandma’s Christmas stuffing, Christmas chip dip and peppermint Kisses. You can also search the site to find thousands of recipes for everyday cooking.

You can also find diabetic recipe cookbooks for the holidays, such as Low Carb Holiday: The Healthy & Delicious Low Carb Holiday Cookbook.

So celebrate! Eat, drink and enjoy (sensibly), and have a healthy Christmas.

– Sherry Law and Debora Dyess